Grateful Dead Live at Tacoma Dome on 1988-08-26
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
FOB Schoeps CMC34 --> Sony PCM-601ES --> DAT; Seeded to etree by Bill Gardner
- 2004-07-06 09:19:40
- Tacoma, WA
- Tacoma Dome
Subject: great performances, dreadful room acoustics
Subject: Great Time at the Dome
Subject: idn...y'all pretty harsh.
Subject: i know i was there
Subject: Standard Fare
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: Hearing Loss
I started seeing them again in '93 after we'd moved to the east, and I stayed in until the end, not because they were much good, but because it was pretty clear Jerry was a finite resource that wasn't gonna be around very long and I wanted to soak up as much as I could. But this show just about blew it for me. All of the good "comeback" vibes from '87 were shot, Jerry was back on the junk, and this show about killed it for me. I'm listening to it now and it's kind of typical semi-OK GD when you don't have to worry about physical pain. But I can't get past the bad memories...
Subject: My first show
A short drive and a couple of tokes later I was blown away by the Dead experience. I still wasn't hip to the music but I sure did enjoy watching the scantly dressed girls dancing. I caught another show a while later and thought it sucked (turns out it was a bad night... I found that show too).
25 years later I was reintroduced to the music and this time it stuck. I now listen to old shows weekly and have begun to play (on guitar and with a band) many of the songs. I'm so happy I could locate my first show. My only regret now is not having followed The Dead earlier in my life.
Subject: a nod to missNjerry
Subject: taLent eludes us...
Subject: This was when I found home.
Subject: My 5th show
Subject: "." Nonintuitive
Subject: The Largest Wooden Dome Earth
As far as the HHM in Minneapolis, the echos were so very bad that even up front there were echo's and feedback. As I recall, when Petty and Dylan were playing, the speaker stacks made a most ???HORRIBLE NOISE???, which only added to the confusion and audio nightmare for all parties! Definitely the worst sounding structure that I have EVER heard!
Back to Tacoma.........the moon over Mt. Rainer in the night sky background after the show was certainly a highlight for me, as it was natures beauty at it's finest! I would go back and do it again, if I could, who wouldn't ??
Subject: Gimme a break......
Subject: Worst Venue Ever? Try this one...
The Grateful Dead opened for Bob Dylan & Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The Dead played long set, with an awkward switch from 1st set songs to second set format .. Mexicali Blues > Terrapin Station??
The place is an early, HUGE Dome Football Stadium, with a VERY significant echo that sustained a long time, bleeding into the music being played. It sounded decent for the tapers down front down front, as one of the circulating sources demonstrates. The other copy is a bit farther back, and the echo is more prominent, but to the VAST majority of the crowd, the sound was one musically sounding echo.....echo .. echo
Give it a try:
1 //Gimme Some Lovin' >
02 Sugaree >
03 Little Red Rooster
04 Iko Iko
06 My Brother Esau
07 Tennessee Jed
08 Me And My Uncle >
09 Mexicali Blues
01 Terrapin Station >
02 Estimated Prophet >
03 Dru//ms >
04 Space >
05 The Wheel >
06 Truckin' >
07 Black Peter >
08 Around And Around >
09 Sugar Magnolia
10 Brokedown Palace
Subject: I was there too..
Subject: Kudos to the taper
Subject: The worst
The drive from Tacoma down along the coast of Oregon to catch Eugene.
Oh! and Santana was good!
Subject: It Wasn't That Bad
As far as the band...Yeah, Santana was great, but the Dead were pretty damn good too. I had an excellent time at the show and I'd venture to guess that the majority of the people in the dome did also. I admit, it wasn't their very best performance ever, but it certainly wasn't the worst either. All in all I think it was a pretty rockin' show. If every performance over the years was just spot on perfect...Hell, that's impossible! Let's give 'em a break.
Anyways I enjoy the show and will continue to listen to it, give it a try. On a side note, I don't recall it raining cats and dogs that night as a previous reviewer mentioned. The whole summer in tacoma was hot and dry. It was sunny when we got to the show, and I didn't get wet hitching a ride to Porland after the show in the back of a pick-up. (not saying you're wrong though, it was 19 years ago after all.)
Subject: the T-Dome
Subject: I was there
Subject: Seemed like it might be alright....
But thanks for putting it out here.
Subject: My first time
The original (?) Santana band opened and they were awesome (see mushrooms).
I thought the song selection was excellent and it made me go out and buy all the albums up to Blues for Allah.
Subject: Skippable but not a Bust; Jerry had a difficult time both singing and playing
1st Set: Bobby's in good voice during a cluttered slightly unfocused but harder rocking and more exciting "Hell" than Monterey. Its partner "Sugaree" is airy, (terrible flub at 11:13 and later on) and long (13 minutes plus) but the drummers make sure it's never sluggish. It's time for Brent to share with us some of his "Good Time Blues." Now there's whole lot of nothing goin on here, but it's all listenable because of the brisk tight pace of the drummin. "Iko" is similiarly appealing and yet empty. At least they're consistent, "Walkin." More innocuous white-meat blah with "Push." From the sounds of this recording, is 'the Dome' one of those ultra-spacious arenas built of the 70s? I ask because this recording, although clean - if too high on the treble, sounds remote. "Masterpiece" is fine, but it sounds as if Bobby's shouting rather than singing. Despite flowing, "Row"'s instrumentation is dull; Jerry seems uninterested in providing the requisite effort tonight. And he's certainly not capable of providing any muscle behind his solos and the groove established by the band during the set closing "Music." Some decent twilling and highs achieved, but it's everyone besides Jer.
2nd Set: About thirty seconds is clipped off of "China." Don't doubt the band's capabilities tonight - Jerry's in and out...he does manage to make the ending climax exciting. Like most of the show, Jerry will spend thirty seconds blahly ruminating and use that pontification into a thread of notes that inspires glee because the band has fashioned a solid backdrop. "Playin"'s song is danceable. There are enough 'alerting' noises during the next five minutes so I'm never bored. Jerry does need help though singing and leading the way during "UJB." "Drums" is filled wioth more Geisha-lite stylings (what is that xylophone type of instrument Mickey is playing?) Generic toolings during "Space" lead to a rare "Touch" emerging out of noiseland. Odd choice especially considering Mr. Garcia's fallability with mustering the requisite vocal energies to sing a song. However, it could be said that Jer was aware of his faults tonight and chose the song to egg himself on or as a reminder that he still had almost seven years of life ahead of him. Anyways, "Miracle" does its crowd-pleasing job; gotta admire Bobby for not minding pandering. Parts of this "Black" are sour and just painful to listen to... 'see how everything..leads us to this day...' parts are standard. "Lovelite" is fine and gets the crowd semi-frenzied.
More "Black" this of the 'Muddy' type...ehhh dragged out sticky - not needed.
2 3/5th stars rounded up cause I learned something in fifth grade.
And tough hitchiking to get there and back from Vancouver.
But it wasn't all bad.
And I think something's missing. I seem to recall the whole first set starting and ending with Lovelight?!? But that's not the case here...
Subject: I like this show
Subject: i saw this show
Subject: OH My God!!!!
Subject: Not worth it
Subject: Worst venue ever for a Dead show?
Have very little recollection of this show...kinda ho-hum
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